Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

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Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Fire and Emergency’s top tips for staying fire safe this winter

Fire and Emergency’s top tips for staying fire safe this winter

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has some simple steps to keep people safe from fire as the temperature drops.

"Every year, get your chimney swept and cleaned before the first fire of the season," Community Education Manager Adrian Nacey says.

"Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a 54 per cent increase in the number of winter house fires caused by heat sources, such as chimney fires, and fires caused by heaters, ash disposal, electric blankets, and dryers.

"Encouragingly, these kinds of fires are now on the decrease - by seven per cent in the last three years compared to the previous six years," he says.

"We want that trend to continue. People need to take some simple steps to reduce the risk of a fire in their homes this winter.

"Always use a fireguard or spark guard when you have a fire and make sure you dispose of ash carefully. Ashes can stay hot for up to five days, so be sure they are left to cool in a metal bin before being disposed of.

"Keep drying clothing, curtains, bedding and anything flammable at least a metre away from the heater.

"In winter more people will be using dryers to dry clothes and bedding. A clean dryer avoids a fire, so remember to clean the lint filter before each use."

Adrian Nacey says other home heating appliances such as electric blankets are also a fire risk.

"Old or damaged electric blankets can be a hazard, so you should test your electric blanket at the start of winter.

"Electric blankets are for heating beds before you get in, not for sleeping with, so remember to turn your electric blanket off before you get into bed.

"Cords and controls should not be twisted or, when laid on the bed, caught between the mattress and the bed. Twisted cords are a common cause of electric blanket fires," he says.

You can find step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your home heating appliances at Winter fire safety | Fire and Emergency New Zealand